Employment and Career Support 2021

Many SFU students and new graduates may be adjusting to changes in employment, and facing financial difficulties. This page has been created from the questions students are asking. We’ll update this page with new information as we have it.

For job and volunteer postings and resources for work search and career development, find us on Instagram @sfu.career, Facebook @sfu.career, our newsletter, and blog.

Who is hiring now?

It’s true. The economy is in a downturn. We are distancing, and many industries are being hit hard. Still, we are witnessing innovative solutions to this crisis everyday, as companies adapt, and community and government show up. Employers are continuing to hire, and many will be hiring students. 

Here are some links to check out:

> Sectors currently hiring

  • Grocery Stores, Food and Beverage Production and Food Delivery Services
  • Health Care, Pharmacy and Telehealth
  • IT and Tech
  • Warehousing and Manufacturing
  • Online Collaboration and Meeting Tools
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Data Engineers
  • Banking and Accounting
  • Online: Retail, Fitness
  • Public Sector
  • Recruitment and Employment Agencies
  • Shipping and Delivery
  • Security and Cybersecurity
  • Social Media
  • Tutoring and Online Learning
  • Advising, Coaching and Counselling
  • Waste Management
  • Agriculture
  • Bicycle mechanics

> To see active job postings, watch these sites

Financial support, grants, and funding opportunities 

There are pots of funding for people to stay employed, create work, and make a living. Application dates are shifting, and new programs are being introduced everyday.

Here are a few to know about: 

A new fund for students who are not eligible for CERB. 


  • Eligible high school graduates, post-secondary students, including those set to begin their studies and recent post-secondary graduates can apply for a benefit of $1,250/month over the summer period (May to August). Graduates must have completed their studies from December 2019 onward in order to be eligible for the benefit.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to apply for the CESB.
  • Students and recent graduates with dependents or with disabilities will be eligible for an additional $500/month.
  • Students can earn up to $1,000/month over the summer through work and still be eligible for the CESB.
  • Part-time students will be eligible for the CESB, although there may be factors to eligibility. 

Indigenous student supports

  • New funding has been allocated to increase existing distinctions-based support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education.

Canada Student Service Grant 

  • For students volunteering in the COVID-19 fight of between $1,000 and $5,000. 

Jobs Grant 

  • Creating an additional 76,000 jobs for young people in sectors that need an extra hand right now, or that are on the frontlines of this pandemic.

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers provides a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 to B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19. Online applications opened May 1 and phone applications open May 4.


  • Have been a resident of British Columbia on March 15, 2020
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (please insert link again)
  • Have been approved for the CERB, even if you haven’t received a federal benefit payment yet
  • Be at least 15 years old on the date you apply
  • Have filed, or agree to file, a 2019 B.C. income tax return
  • Not be receiving provincial income assistance or disability assistance

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)

Helps companies hire young Canadians (not just students) 15-30 years old for summer work experiences. Start dates are as early as May 11, 2020 and end as late as February 28, 2021. 

Search Canada Summer Jobs-funded positions on the Job Bank and app, and check back often. These positions might also be posted on other sites like MyExperience and Indeed.


  • between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • registered full-time in the previous academic year with a plan to return to school full-time in the next academic year
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada 

Program that hires students into government positions across Canada each year. Includes students with physical or emotional disabilities with full-time status and students in their final year who can work part-time up until they graduate. French, English or both. 


  • full-time high school, CEGEP, college or university student
  • returning to full-time studies in the next academic year
  • meet the minimum age requirement in the province/territory of work


A national non-profit organization supporting graduate students and postdocs in their research and professional development in all academic disciplines.


  • must be in a in a Master’s or PhD program
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student
  • Postdocs are eligible under the Accelerate Program, funding starts at $15,000

A non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources. Create your own future with up to $60,000 to launch or buy a new business or to grow one, get matched with an experienced mentor, and learn key skills like business planning, marketing and cash flow management. 

*This got a top-up (April 17, 2020) from the Government of Canada. Contact them for more. 


  • aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18-39

A non-profit organization with 34 locations throughout rural BC supporting community economic development. Offers business support services, business planning advice, loans, financing and self employment assistance. See this map for all the locations. 

*This got a top-up (April 17, 2020) from the Government of Canada. Contact them for more. 


  • legally entitled to work in BC
  • have a minimum 51% controlling interest in the business
  • propose a business concept that is legal and suitable for public funding 
  • demonstrate a minimum personal investment in the business showing that you are investing in the start-up of your business.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created economic and social challenges for post-secondary students and recent graduates, and notable disruptions to the essential community services provided by not-for-profit organizations. In response, the Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations. You can learn more about the CSSG at https://www.canada.ca/IWanttoHelp

Ways to receive support remotely

Here are some of our free, curated services at SFU: 


SFU’s Career Educators and Career Peers are available to speak to students by phone or zoom video. Contact careers@sfu.ca to find an appointment time. Check out CVS Career and Work Website and our CVS career and work blog for additional resources. Services are also available to new grads. 

Topics: Career Exploration, Resumes, Cover Letters, Mock Interviews, LinkedIn and Online Resumes, Interview Tips, Networking and Summer Work Search Strategy.

Job Search Success

Job Search Success is a five-week online professional development program. Update your résumé and cover letter, and enhance your personal and professional communication skills with help from our career education facilitators. This is a great course to prepare for your next opportunity and get professional feedback on your work search materials. Sign-up is on My Experience. The Summer cohorts run May 10-June 12, June 7-July 9, or June 21-July 23.

Interview Stream

Record an interview online, and review it, or send it forward to one of us at SFU Careers for professional feedback. Perfect your pitch to employers, and gain confidence for your next job interview. Create an account and get started.

LinkedIn Guys Online Course

The LinkedIn Guys online course will help build a profile you love, start networking with alumni and other leads, and learn how to use the site with ease. It may even lead to landing a great job! Enroll here.

LinkedIn Learning

Free for SFU students, LinkedIn Learning is a place where you can build your skills on all kinds of work and career-related topics. Sign up with your SFU email address and access courses. You’ll even receive Certificates of completion.

More programming to come soon!

Resources for Today’s reality

This collection of links can help you to stay inspired and keep learning:

CONNECT WITH US: social media, newsletter, blog and in-person.

Are you an Employer who hires SFU students?

For funding resources and tips for onboarding and supervising students remotely, please go to Hire SFU. We would love to hear from you!